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2007 August 25 — Why Now?
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The First Class American Health System

By now you should have read the report: More U.S. women dying in childbirth. The report notes: “The rate was 12 per 100,000 live births in 2003 — the first time the maternal death rate rose above 10 since 1977.”

We are heading in the wrong direction in health care. In the US the maternal mortality rate rose to 13 deaths per 100,000 live births and the infant mortality rate was 679 per 100,000 live births in 2004. The Canadian rates, with their “terrible socialized system” were 8 and 475, and the Canadians are alarmed that the numbers are so high. Where’s the alarm in the US?

When people talk about rationing and waiting for service, remember there are 45 million Americans who are barred from the system because they don’t have insurance.

August 25, 2007   9 Comments